PDRE’s Dog Lovers First Aid and CPR/CPCR Course

PDRE’s Dog Lovers First Aid and CPR/CPCR Course is designed to offer everyone interested in understanding, learning, and applying in a safe, timely, and effective manner vital knowledge and psychomotor skills to provide first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation (CPCR) for your valued and precious dog(s).

In the classroom, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with a PDRE Instructor to complete first aid and basic life support psychomotor skills evaluation practice and testing. Students also complete a written exam to evaluate and consolidate information learned through the didactics and psychomotor skills evaluation testing.

If applicable and requested, students may schedule an out-of-site course at a Dog Park or at the comfort of your own home depending on availability of appointment schedules and number of participants for the course.


This course is for all Dog Parents, Dog Lovers, Pet Owners, Groomers, Pet Sitters, Kennel Owners, Dog Walkers, Lay Persons, Non-veterinary Healthcare Providers, and Veterinary Healthcare Providers who want to know and be certified by PDRE on how to perform canine first aid and CPR/CPCR as well as learn other lifesaving information and psychomotor skills in a wide variety of out-of-hospital and in-hospital settings.


  • Video-based and PowerPoint-presentation-based course ensures consistency
  • Instructor led, hands on class and/or out-of-site format reinforces psychomotor skills proficiency
  • Updated Science based content that is simplified, peer-reviewed and co-authored

Course Content:

  • Understanding the basic responsibilities as Dog Parents, Dog Lovers, Pet Owners, Groomer, Pet Sitter, Kennel Owner, Dog Walker, Lay Persons, Non-veterinary Healthcare Providers, and Veterinary Healthcare Providers
  • Key changes in Dog First Aid, CPR/CPCR, and Basic Life Support, reflecting the new science
  • Critical concepts of high-quality Artificial Respiration (“Rescue Breathing”) and CPR/CPCR
  • Recognitions of breathing problems such as Respiratory Distress, Arrest, and Failure
  • The Two Methods for Artificial Respiration
    • Compression Method
      • You will learn how to apply artificial respiration through the compression method by applying force to the chest walls, thereby moving the air out.
        • Where do you check for a heartbeat or pulse for your dog?
        • Which side do you lay your dog?
        • How do you clear the airway? How do perform the Heimlich Maneuver?
        • How do place your hands on the your dog’s chest to move air in and out of the lungs?
        • How long do you repeat the compression method?
      • Mouth-To-Nose Resuscitation
        • You will learn how to apply artificial respiration through the mouth-to-nose resuscitation method if applying the compression method does not work or force the chest walls to move air in and out.
          • How do you perform artificial respiration for puppies or small dogs (less than 14 kg or 30.86 lbs) or for medium and large dogs (more than 14 kg or 30.86 lbs)?
          • Which side do you lay your dog?
          • How far do you pull your dog’s tongue out in front of the mouth to clear the airway? How do you take out foreign particles in the mouth and/or throat?
          • Where do you put your mouth to slowly blow air into your dog to see the chest expand? Where does excess air come out of the dog? How do you blow more force if the dog’s chest does not expand?
          • How do you check for the deflation of the lungs?
          • What’s the “rescue breathing” rate or artificial respiration through the mouth-to-nose resuscitation?
        • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Cardiopulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation (CPCR) for puppies, small dogs, medium and large dogs
          • Where do you check for a heartbeat or pulse for your dog?
          • Which side do you lay your dog? Why is it important to lay your dog on a flat surface?
          • How do you cup your palms and hold your dog while doing CPR?
          • How far or deep do you compress the chest of your puppies or small dog while doing CPR?
          • What is the rate per minute of CPR for puppies or small dogs?
          • What is the compression to artificial respiration (ventilation) ratio for a one rescuer CPR for puppies or small dogs?
          • What is the compression to artificial respiration (ventilation) ratio for a two or more rescuer CPR for puppies or small dogs?
          • What physical signs of your dog and assessment do you use to determine when to continue or stop CPR and artificial respiration (ventilation)?
          • What are the main differences between doing CPR and artificial respiration (ventilation) between puppies/small dogs and medium/large dogs?
          • Is there a different psychomotor skill and technique when performing CPR and artificial respiration (ventilation) between puppies/small dogs and medium/large dogs?
          • Why is the rate per minute of CPR for medium or large dogs slower than that for puppies or small dogs?
        • First Aid Basics for Dogs
          • Assessing the situation and making sure the scene is safe
          • Calling for help
          • Practicing universal precautions: putting on and taking off gloves, washing your hands, and using hand sanitizer; prevention of transmission of diseases and other germs
          • Assessing your dog
          • Best position for your dog
        • Medical Emergencies for Dogs
          • Breathing problems
            • Asthma and reactive airway diseases
            • Chocking and using the Heimlich Maneuver
            • Allergies and Anaphylactic Shock
          • Neurological Disorders
            • Fainting spells
            • Seizures
            • Hypoglycemia and sugar issues with Diabetes
          • Heart Attack and Stroke
        • First Aid for Dog Injuries
          • Bleeding
            • Stopping bleeding by applying pressure with gauze
            • Putting on a simple tourniquet
          • Nose bleeds
          • Tooth injuries
          • Eye injuries
          • Penetrating wounds and injuries
          • Amputation
          • Concussions
          • Head and neck injuries
          • Sprains, strains, and broken bones
          • Burns and electrical injuries
        • Environmental Emergencies for Dogs
          • Bites
          • Dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke
          • Hypothermia and frost bites
          • Poisons and toxins causing overdose
        • Following up for Veterinary Care!
          • When in doubt, always turn to your local licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) to adequately identify the underlying cause(s) of your dog’s medical and clinical issues and difficulties.
          • Only veterinary healthcare providers can use a variety of clinical, diagnostic testing and procedures to accurately and precisely identify, diagnose, treat, and provide a prognosis for your dog’s current condition.
        • Prevention!
          • Exercise, a healthy diet, and good beneficial daily practices for your dear dogs are the best treatment for any medical and clinical emergencies that may be acute or chronic in nature.
          • You should always practice prevention also by using safety measures to prevent first aid emergencies and even cardiac arrest requiring CPR for your dog(s) – for instance, eliminating as much as you can small, interesting and fascinating objects lying around the home (or around yard) to avert accidental swallowing by although, cute and adorable, a constantly inquisitive and nosey pet.

 Course Format/Time:

  • Classroom-based and/or out-of-site format
  • Initial Provider Course:
    • Requires approximately 3.00 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.
  • Renewal Course:
    • Requires approximately 2.00 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.
  • Course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 3 dog manikins

 Course Prerequisites:

  • Present your expired PDRE’s Dog Lovers First Aid and CPR/CPCR Course Provider Card to be considered a renewing provider and pay a reduced price for the course!
    • We do not accept non-PDRE provider cards.

Course Fee:

  • Initial (first-time) Providers: $70
  • Renewing Providers: $65


Students who successfully complete PDRE’s Dog Lovers First Aid and CPR/CPCR Course Provider Card, including the following components, will receive a PDRE’s Dog Lovers First Aid and CPR/CPCR Course Provider Card, valid for two years:

  • Actively participate in, practice and complete all learning stations
  • Pass the 1-Rescuer and 2-Rescuer PDRE’s Dog Lovers First Aid and CPR/CPCR Skills Tests
  • Complete the closed-book written exam with a minimum score of 84% (Optional As a Renewing Provider)

Scheduling & Discounts:

  • Register early because classroom-based and/or out-of-site courses fill-up quickly
  • Enrollment is limited
    • PDRE’s offices and/or professional educational services may be open for GROUP CLASSROOM-BASED or OUT-OF-SITE instructional courses (English or Spanish-led classes) by scheduled appointment through our website’s easy online registration, phone, email, or in person as a walk-in (if class spaces are available).
    • Special requested PRIVATE or OUT-OF-SITE instructional courses can be arranged at specified locations, dates and times.
  • Course scheduling is subject to change without notice
  • Please call us if you have any questions or for discounted group rates and seasonal promotions!
  • We also offer other private and referral-based Dog Lovers Services and Support, such as Pet Grooming, Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers, and Veterinary Healthcare!

Other Information:

  • You are welcome to bring your precious dog(s) only during out-of-site courses which are pre-scheduled appointments at either designated and local Dog Parks or at the comfort of your own home so that, in the classroom setting, you can focus more on learning the important concepts and psychomotor skills of PDRE’s Dog Lovers First Aid and CPR/CPCR Course!


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Our AHA ACLS instructor, Dr. Nuqui, was very knowledgeable, experienced, supportive, and entertaining. Most of all, I really appreciated how well organized and engaging the initial provider course was conducted in a pleasant and comfortable learning environment. Not only was the training site facility brand-new but everything from the student materials, training AEDs, intubation equipment and manikins were up-to-date and in excellent condition.

William, MD

I was very impressed with how professional and enjoyable my ACLS and PALS renewal classes were at Palm Desert Resuscitation Education! As an emergency medicine registered nurse working at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, I wanted to be educated with the most commonly seen cardiac arrhythmias and their treatment but also needed classes that were attention grabbing and fun. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education instructors definitely kept my attention during the lengthy courses by having a balanced sense of humor, pertinent and brilliant instructions, and excellent case scenario discussions.

Rickey, RN

I highly recommend this training facility as your go-to CPR certification site for your healthcare job because Dr. Nuqui is not only passionate about saving lives but is awesome when it comes to teaching you the proper techniques of resuscitation including compressions, airway management, and defibrillator use. He shares his medical and teaching experiences while making you feel relaxed, stimulated, and well informed with the current AHA guidelines. He taught me exactly what I needed to know to be ready when cardiac arrest happens.

Ashley, LVN
During my Basic Life Support (BLS) class, I was given all of the necessary skills to be confident and not be afraid if ever one of my patients or family members collapses due to a heart condition, such as a heart attack. PDRE’s instructors and staff provide a very friendly, informative, humorous, interesting, and stress-free class that makes me want to personally refer all of my friends and family to do their CPR training at PDRE. Do not hesitate to try the best American Heart Association courses in the Desert Cities!
Karina, medical assistant and phlebotomist
As an elementary teacher who needed to be responsible for many students, I wanted to learn first aid basics and CPR in case I encounter a time when one of my students may either be choking, bleeding, seizes, faints, breaks a bone, sprains a muscle, becomes allergic, passes out, and experiences other first aid emergencies. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education’s first aid basics and CPR classroom course, which were held in our elementary school, was the perfect out-of-site learning setting to practice first aid basics and CPR for medical and injury emergencies. All of the staff and school employees are truly thankful and now self-assured to be able to provide possible practical first aid basics and CPR to our students, associates, friends or relatives. From my experience, Palm Desert Resuscitation Education quite honestly has the greatest, most efficient and personable instructors teaching top-of-the-line healthcare certification courses.
Gary, elementary teacher
Dr. Nuqui and his staff were truly amazing when I needed my BLS certification for my personal training business. He was very efficient and thorough with all of the course content and materials including the new guideline changes so that we are all up-to-date when it comes to performing effective CPR and step-by-step use of an AED. It was very easy to listen to him because he is not only a great instructor but is outgoing and personable. He really made the class enjoyable and easy to understand. I would definitely go back here for my BLS recertification.
Roel, personal trainer
Being a member of an exclusive golf club in the Palm Springs area, I was surprised by how much I learned in adult CPR and AED use, first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental emergencies during an exciting and educational course held by Dr. Nuqui and other instructors in our private Club House. You never know when someone needs help, especially when we are out in the golf course, and those minutes before the first responders get to our location can be vital. Thus, those important medical techniques that Dr. Nuqui presented to us clearly could possibly save one of our participant’s lives. I now feel very comfortable that our golf club members were trained the proper way and can respond to almost any medical emergency.
Pat, General Manager
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